Trucker Offers Reward in Desperate Search to Find Daughter Last Seen at Flying J
Gordon County, GA – A Georgia trucker is desperately searching for his missing 20-year-old daughter and is now offering a reward to anyone who provides information leading to her safe return.
Eric Roberts of Dalton, GA, and owner of Eric Roberts Trucking, is pleading for answers in the disappearance of his daughter, Keeslyn Noell Roberts, of Chatworth, GA.
Keeslyn was last seen on January 18, 2020, at a Flying J truck stop located at 288 Resaca Beach Blvd. in Resaca, GA.
She was reported missing to the Murray County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) on January 20, 2020, after a family member found her white Toyota Corolla in the truck stop’s parking lot with some of her personal belongings still inside.
What Is Known So Far
Many questions remain unanswered about the circumstances surrounding her disappearance, but here is what we know so far.
According to the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO), on January 18, authorities received a 9-1-1 call from the Flying J shortly before Keeslyn’s disappearance.
The caller reported concern about a “suspicious” person, now believed to be Keeslyn.
Multiple local media reports indicate Keeslyn entered the “employee only” kitchen-area of the truck stop and was confronted by an employee.
She then dropped off a backpack containing her wallet, identification, debit card, cash and phone charger before abruptly leaving.
It is not clear why she left the bag behind.
GCSO says that by the time deputies arrived to the truck stop Keeslyn had already “fled the scene.”
The reason for her haste has not yet been explained.
However, speculation about her disappearance continues to be rampant.
According to the GCSO, on January 17, only one day before Keeslyn’s disappearance, the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for her arrest for violating the terms of her probation stemming from a March 2018 arrest.
In that case, Keeslyn was charged with with two counts of possession of marijuana, use of communication facilities in drug transactions, possession of tools for the commission of crime and possession and use of drug-related objects.
According to multiple local media reports, Keeslyn lived with her boyfriend in Gordon County in the days leading up to her disappearance.
A report by Northwest Georgia News indicates Keeslyn’s boyfriend claims he last saw her a few days before she went missing.
Eric Roberts Offers Reward and Speaks Out About the Investigation
Roberts has been using his Facebook page to ask for help in the search for Keeslyn.
Most recently, on February 6, 2020, he took to social media to offer a reward of $2,000 to anyone with information leading to Keeslyn’s safe return.
That post has been shared more than 25,000 times and a flood of commenters have offered their well wishes and prayers.
On Sunday, February 23, Roberts upped the reward to $3,000 no questions asked.
Roberts has also expressed concern about how law enforcement is handling the investigation thus far.
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He has aimed most of his frustration at Detective Eric White of the MCSO, who is assigned to work with GCSO investigators.
Roberts told Northwest Georgia News he doesn’t feel White is doing enough to find Keeslyn.
“He (White) said there is nothing else he can do. That’s the most hurtful thing, that no one is doing anything for my daughter, saying they can’t do this or this or this because there’s no point,” he said.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reached out to Detective White this week.
A representative returned our call and directed us to the GCSO for details on the investigation.
The GCSO has yet to return our inquiry.
Roberts is also speaking out about the Flying J location, pointing out the truck stop should have better surveillance and security tools.
“The bad thing about it is that the Flying J has no cameras in the parking lots at all,” he told local news outlet WDEF. “No lighting hardly at all.”
Plus, Roberts tells TNN that management of the Flying J will not allow him to post a flyer with information about Keeslyn’s disappearance.
A Possible Connection?
Adding to the questions surrounding Keeslyn’s disappearance is the case of a 21-year-old Chatsworth, GA, man, Caleb Nathaniel Smith.
Smith was reported missing by his family on January 16, 2020, after he too was last seen at the same Flying J truck stop.
His family members told GCSO investigators they found Smith’s car at the truck stop.
On February 2, Smith’s body was found a few miles nearby in an “overgrown, marshy” area, GCSO said.
In a statement, the GCSO indicated an “autopsy revealed no indications of violence or evidence of foul play; the cause and manner of death have yet to be determined.”
Fearing the two incidents might be related, Roberts and a team of volunteers searched that same marshy area last Saturday.
Using four-wheelers, aerial drones, and other tools, the rescue team searched for hours covering as much as 100 acres of land, according to WDEF.
No sign of Keeslyn was discovered.
GCSO investigators have said the two incidents are not believed to be related.
“There is no evidence that these people are/were acquainted, or that these cases are connected,” a recent GCSO statement read.
As for Roberts, he is continuing to hold out hope that he, along with his wife Shannon, will find their daughter alive.
“I still have hope,” he recently said.
Keeslyn is 5’6″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.
If anyone has any information regarding either of these cases, you are urged to contact the GCSO at (706) 629-1244.
TNN will continue to investigate this story.
Photo courtesy of Eric Roberts/Facebook